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Currently, all individuals in South Carolina aged 12 and above are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective at reducing your risk of contracting the virus, particularly in severe forms.

Lander University does not require COVID-19 vaccination but strongly encourages all eligible campus members who wish to be vaccinated to do so. Being vaccinated is one of the best ways you can protect your health and that of those around you.

 

Lander University Vaccine Point of Dispensing (P.O.D.)

All members of the Lander community are eligible to receive the vaccine free-of-charge through the Student Wellness Center. This includes all full-time and part-time students, faculty and staff, as well as out-of-state and international students who are residing in South Carolina at this time.

The Wellness Center currently has access to the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines:

Vaccinations are administered on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Vaccinations take approximately 30 minutes, allowing time for check-in, administration of the vaccine, and observation following the injection. Please bring your Lander ID and your state/federal/international identification that verifies your full legal name and date of birth.

There is no fee for the vaccination, and your health information will be kept confidential. The Wellness Center will not collect/ask for insurance information, and no payment is needed.

Campus members younger than 17 are not eligible to receive vaccination through Lander's clinic. Those individuals may be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through their health care providers, or through community vaccinators, such as Self Regional Healthcare and local pharmacies. You may also use DHEC's Vaccine Locator tool or Vaccines.gov to find a vaccination location.

Updated Booster Guidance

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices announced updated guidance on COVID-19 booster doses. In accordance with this new guidance, campus members meeting one the following categories are now eligible to receive a booster vaccine of their choosing:

  • Completed a Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine series at least six months ago AND are:
    • Age 65+
    • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
    • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
    • Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings
    • Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings.

  • Received their initial dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago AND are age 18+.

Which Booster Should I Get? 
If you meet the criteria for a booster vaccine, you may choose which product you would like to receive as your booster – you do not need to stay with the product initially received. However, your initial series (first two doses of a two-dose series) must be completed with the same product.

Is a Booster Required to be Fully Vaccinated? 
The advice for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine does not change who is considered fully vaccinated. You are still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completion of a two-shot series of the Pfizer or Moderna product, and two weeks after an initial dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine product.

When Can I Get My Vaccine or Booster? 
To preserve Student Health Services’ vaccine supply and to avoid wasting doses, please plan to attend one of the University’s scheduled vaccine clinics on Tuesday mornings (8:30 a.m. – noon) or Thursday afternoons (1-4:30 p.m.) in the Student Center/Cultural Center Commons. Please be sure to bring your CDC vaccination card if you are receiving a second or booster dose.

What is the Omicron Variant?

The Omicron variant, a strain of SARS-coV2, is considered to be a variant of concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The SARS-cov2 Omicron variant is understood to be more transmissible than previously recorded variants, causing an expected increase in overall COVID19 cases. Despite being more transmissible, the Omicron variant of SARS-coV2 seems to produce less severe illness, especially in people who have been fully vaccinated and boosted. Full vaccination with an FDA authorized COVID19 vaccine product continues to be the most recommended means of protection from severe illness from any circulating COVID19 variant.